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Easy Choices

One of the conundrums we are dealing with in refurnishing the Small Room (i.e. Fielding Lewis’s study or office) is that we do not have an inventory of the contents of the room from when it was actually being used … Continue reading

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Stack House on the Bible

Today I bring you the first in a series of posts about the books we are slowly identifying as part of Fielding Lewis’s personal library.  You can read more about the library project here.  As you may recall, I mentioned … Continue reading

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Conserving the Gaming Table

As you may recall, several weeks ago, I mentioned that the gaming table currently on display in the Drawing Room had returned from conservation work. Since May is National Preservation Month, I thought I would tell you a bit about … Continue reading

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New Acquisitions!

As you know, Kenmore was once home to a rather impressive assortment of ceramics – everything from Chinese Export Porcelain in famille vert to stonewares boasting the “GR” emblem of the king.  Slowly, we are acquiring pieces to match everything … Continue reading

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The Walker Armchair Returns!

You may recall the fanfare surrounding our acquisition of an 18th century armchair about two years ago. Visitors to Kenmore since then may also have seen that armchair, made here in Fredericksburg by William Walker Jr. around 1770, on display … Continue reading

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Reading Between the Lines

One of the most involved projects that we will be undertaking in the refurnishing of the Small Room is the effort to reconstruct Fielding Lewis’s library.  A list of titles appears at the beginning of the 1781 probate inventory.  All … Continue reading

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Unveiling the Drawing Room!

This week we took some time to take formal photographs of the completed Drawing Room.  The portraits are hung on the walls, furnishings have returned from conservation, and a card game is in progress! Fan favorites – the gaming fish – … Continue reading

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A Grand Finale…on a Very Small Scale

As we look ahead to what is in store for The Rooms at Kenmore in 2015, we must take a moment to note a rather important milestone.  2015 will be the last year of the official refurnishing project on the … Continue reading

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In the End…

Happy New(ish) Year from Kenmore! 2015 certainly has gotten off to busy start around here.  We used our annual two-month winter closure to get a lot of big projects done, some of which our visitors will definitely notice when they … Continue reading

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The Results Are In!

Back in October, you may recall that Kenmore’s Drawing Room was the scene of a very interesting scientific investigation – infrared thermography, done on the room’s walls.  You can read about the process here.  You may also recall that we … Continue reading

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